What is truth, goodness, or beauty? Can we really define these concepts without the idea of a frame of reference? In the newest addition to the New Dialogues in Philosophy series, Michael Krausz presents fictional dialogues between four former classmates who hold significantly different views about these questions. As they travel in India, a place with unfamiliar concepts and customs, these four friends debate the rightness of relativism and absolutism. Are these concepts irreconcilable? Might there be a better view that goes beyond both of them? These lively discussions provide students with an accessible introduction to one of the most enduring and far-reaching philosophical problems of our age.
Michael Krausz is Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College.
Chapter 1 Prologue Chapter 2 Day One: Relativism versus Absolutism: A First Encounter Chapter 3 Day Two: Reconciling Relativism and Absolutism Chapter 4 Day Three: Strands of Absolutism and Relativism Chapter 5 Day Four: Beyond Relativism and Absolutism Chapter 6 For Further Reading Chapter 7 About the Author Chapter 8 Index